Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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RE: But why?
by martijn on Sat 13th Jul 2013 21:16 UTC in reply to "But why?"
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Like any other publically traded corporation, Microsoft would only do something if one of two things are true:

1. They do it because it helps their bottom line
2. They do it because they are forced to

In this case, unless the government is paying them lots of money, I'd say the second one is probably true.

In Europe MS has faced ~1G€ fines. Not in the US. You do not have to be paranoid to assume a link.

Edited 2013-07-13 21:20 UTC

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